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Amazing, would return tomorrow.
The peace and quiet, the surrounding beauty, the kindness of our hosts. We enjoyed breakfast in their dining area.
Due to the warmth of the season, we kept windows open. This invited in the mosquitoes, obviously. Bug repellent spray and citronella candles from the Coop were helpful.
Chianti Classico, sunflowers, the town of Greve, Firenze. It was nice just to drive. We did go to Pisa and Livorno, and the white sands of Vada and into Florence.
Tips or Restaurants:
Bug repellant. Best restaurant was Cinque de Vino.
We enjoyed a welcome reception with Chianti and bruschetta. It was lovely.
GPS helps tremendously, just a little confusing getting out of airport and meeting your first roundabout. But really it was not terribly difficult. On the map it makes the road look like it dead ends, and it isn't.
Check In Out:
Our overall experience was very good to excellent. The location is ideal for getting out and seeing Tuscany. The property is very well kept and the apartment was in great condition and very comfortable. Provided us the perfect "base camp" from which to explore.
We loved the history of the property and the location. You get peace and quiet and amazing views and yet are only a few minutes to major roadways/highways.
None of the windows have screens, which is very nice and provides unobstructed access to the views of the countryside, but we were eaten alive. We ended up having to keep all the windows completely closed all day and all night, which meant it was quiet warm inside the house. I recommend bringing mosquito netting.
We loved heading out and finding gems along the way. For example, we headed out towards Tavernelle and found along the way an excellent multi-generational wine and olive oil producer, an amazing 12th century church and more. The small grocer in Bargino was convenient, and the restaurant next door was excellent.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Bargino is the nearest small town it isn't really walkable but is quite close with a car. You technically probably could walk there but it would be difficult as the home is off a busy roadway with no sidewalks that I saw, and is up a winding hill (i.e., so it wouldn't be an easy walk and not advisable for older people, etc.)
Tips or Restaurants:
Definitely bring insect repellent. I would also suggest hanging wet towels outside the windows on the ledge (most everyone else did this too), as the bathroom has a skylight but may not be warm enough to completely dry your towels each day.
The property manager provided us a small booklet with their recommended restaurants--we tried several and found their list and suggestions to be very good! The restaurant in Bargino is quite good (especially the spaghetti olio!) There is a large grocery store within about a 15 minute or less drive.
We did not use a GPS (we rented one with our car but it was set to Russian and neither we nor Hertz could figure out how to set it back to English or even Italian) and found the directions to be very good. The property was easy to find, and is market with signs. Signs are small, so you have to be watching, but they are there.
Check In Out:
Check in-out process was very easy. Lovely property managers who were very helpful.